Army CadencesMarching Cadences

Summer of 2005

Army Marching Cadence

(Sing to the tune of “The ants go marching…”)

They issued me an M16 hoorah, hoorah
They issued me an M16 HOORAH, HOORAH
They issued me an M16 but didn’t issue a magazine
And we’ll all be dead by summer 2005

They issued me a bayonet hoorah, hoorah
They issued me a bayonet HOORAH, HOORAH
They issued me a bayonet but didn’t bother to train me yet
And we’ll all be dead by summer 2005

They issued me some ammo boots hoorah, hoorah
They issued me some ammo boots HOORAH, HOORAH
They issued me some ammo boots but didn’t issue a parachute
And we’ll all be dead by summer 2005

They issued me a mosquito net hoorah, hoorah
They issued me a mosquito net HOORAH, HOORAH
They issued me a mosquito net but I haven’t seen it work yet
And we’ll all be dead by summer 2005

2 thoughts on “Summer of 2005

  • nik01

    When I was in BCT we had this cadence, but we would say we’d all be dead by Y2K.

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  • Mike

    I think my stint was a good while before yours . . . here’s the chantey we used:

    Well, I got a letter from Uncle Sam, Hoorah, hooray!
    I got a letter from Uncle Sam, Hoorah, hooray!
    I got a letter from Uncle Sam, They’re sendin’ me to Vietnam,
    and we’ll all be dead by the summer of ’69.

    Well, they issued me a steel pot, Hoorah, hooray!
    They issued me a steel pot, Hoorah, hooray!
    They issued me a steel pot, but it don’t help when it gets hot,
    and we’ll all be dead by the summer of 69.

    Well, they issued me an M-16, Hoorah, Hooray!
    They issued me and M-16, Hoorah, Hooray!
    They issued me an M-16, but they forgot the magazine,
    and we’ll all be dead by the summer of 69.

    Well they issued me a mosquito net, Hoorah, Hooray!
    They issued me a mosquito net, Hoorah, Hooray!
    They issued me a mosquito net, but it ain’t stopped any mortars yet,
    and we’ll all be dead by the summer of 69.

    Well they issued me a 45, Hoorah, Hooray!
    They issued me a 45 Hoorah, Hooray!
    They issued me a 45, in the hope might stay alive,
    and we’ll all be dead by the summer of 69.

    Well they issued me some combat boots, Hoorah, Hooray!
    They issued me some combat boots, Hoorah, Hooray!
    They issued me some combat boots, now I can run when Charlie shoots,
    and we’ll all be dead by the summer of 69.

    Well, they issued me a bayonet, Hoorah, Hooray!
    They issued me a bayonet, Hoorah, Hooray!
    They issued me a bayonet, but I ain’t stuck any babies yet,
    and we’ll all be dead by the summer of 69.

    I think there were more verses, but white hair makes for blank spots . . .

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